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The Problem Puddle Power Frog-Friendly Backyard Why are we concerned about amphibians?
Wetlands - function/type Wetland issues
How to help amphibians
Community Green Plans
One of the most rewarding methods of increasing the natural value and visual appeal of your property is to construct a water garden. A water garden with flowering marsh plants and water lilies is a very attractive focal point. If designed properly, your water garden will allow you to observe the life cycle of plants, invertebrates and amphibians.
After you have fully researched and designed your wetland habitat, the next step is to start building it. The best pond would simply form after a scrape is made in the ground. When the water table is reached water will pool into the pond and remain at the level of the local water table which may fluctuate with rain or drought. However, most water tables are too deep and ponds rely on meltwater or rains to maintain levels. If the soil in your area does not contain clay, then you will need an impervious layer to hold the pond water. Pre-molded fibreglass, concrete, clay or flexible pool liners can be used to hold pond water. In previous sections we've discussed wetland restoration. The following sections deal primarily with ponds constructed with liners.
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